Maybe this has something to do with sports. Does NBC broadcast a lot of collegiate & pro sports in the winter & spring that pre-empt their programming? Sometimes that ticks off loyal viewers to the point that it's better to delay a series until later. Then it can run uninterrupted, new episodes through the end of May.
I don't get it. I don't understand this incessant need to pair up every single female with a corresponding male just because they share one scene together. And, it happens with nearly EVERY show on television now! Not just this one. Before, there used to be the slow build up for a couple of seasons. Then UST for a couple more. Now, it's "Swillian" by his second episode, and they haven't spent more than 5 minutes on screen together. It's like the entire viewing audience has become matchmakers. I expect it from fans. But, I don't expect it from reviewers. There wasn't anything else in the ENTIRE episode this Round Table could have discussed? What about the half-dozen references to THE WIZARD OF OZ? The extent of Rumple's conspiracies and how this plot explains Regina's attitude & actions later? Young Jefferson vs. Daddy Jefferson?
Good news for OUAT Fans - Even with football & the World Series competing for viewers, last night's episode got BIG ratings. The only higher series was THE MENTALIST, and that's because by that hour, all the pro sports were finished.
@Rosie - Remember, David was never married to Kathryn. He was in a coma for 28 years and didn't have sex with anybody in that time. Regina somehow got Kathryn to pretend to be his wife (and THAT'S a storyline that has never been explained to my satisfaction) to keep him & Snow apart. I don't think he slept with Kathryn because he didn't feel anything for her, then they separated and she disappeared.
@Nicole - You're right. Cora's vault was under the fireplace of Snow's castle IIRC. I didn't quite understand that scene. Cora was doing magic long before Regina met Snow's father. You think she would have had a heart vault someplace else. Regina's vault was under the Storybrooke mausoleum, where Daniel's body was located.
Had to add that Lana Parilla was AWESOME in this episode! Add another layer of conspiracy in Rumple-Jefferson, and the tale of Frankenstein almost seemed incidental. Rumple's determination to gain Regina as a student must go back to Cora, the original miller's daughter of Rumple's fairy tale. Cora is one of the few people that bested Rumple at his own game. He wanted another child after he lost Bae, and thought he could get Cora's. But, she guessed his name and he lost. Training Regina & turning her against her mom was the ultimate revenge against Cora. He didn't win Regina as a baby. But, he certainly got her as an adult.
@fanboy826 - I like David & Henry. Henry is a human child, and the only reason that the core characters found each other. Now that Regina has let Daniel go once and for all, Henry remains the reason for her existence. As much as some viewers are annoyed by Henry, he's essential to the motivations of the main characters. I'm sure Charming would have thrown Regina across the town line by now & left her to fend for herself if Henry hadn't pleaded for her life. I think what is needed is more Regina-Henry scenes so we know just what this woman means to this boy. That is the part that is lacking for me. As for Jefferson, Victor, & the Magic Hat, yes Jeff can only travel to magical realms. He & Victor traveled to the EF via the hat. We saw them jump into it to return. It's because Victor's "reality" is as real to us as Wonderland or Neverland. He comes from the same reality as FRANKENWEENIE - TimBurtonLand!
Just want to give a shout out to all of the fans who believed this show to be some kind of Disney character off-shoot: Start Thinking Outside of the Box! If you haven't read any interviews by the creators, you're in for a shock. From the beginning, they have been clear that their intent was to explore many different worlds - fairytales, myths, legends, fantasy, science fiction. It's IMAGINATION that is their playground; not the Disney vault. BTW, anyone else catch Rumple's reference to Dorothy's ruby slippers? Don't get mad at me. This is not a spoiler. Henry's book had a picture of the flying monkeys in the very first episode of the series.
Well done! Our family thoroughly enjoyed this episode. I don't see how people can call it "filler" when you have the backstory of how Regina & Jefferson met, and how she was manipulated into becoming the person she is today. Karma is indeed a bitch, and Rumple, Jefferson & Victor got/are getting a taste of it. Victor could have probably revived Daniel. But, having Regina & Daniel together would not fit their end game. In conspiring to deny their love, Rumple & Victor continue to be separated from the people they want so hard to find. The weakness of Enchanted Forest Present (EFP) continues to be the presence of Mulan & Aurora. They bring nothing to that world that is unique, nor do they possess any skills that aid in the quest to return to Storybrooke. They simply walk next to Emma & Snow, who do all the heavy deduction & work. Meh. Please...get rid of them, or have them bring something to the party other than whining & a cool warrior outfit.
@Wizardrunner - Ally below is correct. The con guy had headphones on, IIRC, so he could listen for any sign of James. James' taps were so faint that there were only heard by the con. So when the Lt. Comm asked, "What was he saying?" it was because only the con officer (?) heard it, not because she couldn't decipher Morse Code. "You wouldn't want to know, Ma'am."
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